If you’re a regular on Infinity Ward’s latest offering in the Call of Duty franchise, Infinite Warfare, then you’re sure to have witnessed, read about or heard about the latest scandal involving glitched Supply Drops in the game.
In short the glitch allowed players to open a supply drop containing 30 keys, the currency used to buy the games rarest items, over and over again.
Ordinarily it would take players a huge amount of time or large quantities of real world money to rack up the amount of keys they were earning from this glitch. Gameplay patch 1.07 was deployed to fix the glitch, but not before it was exploited to the max by those players savvy enough to notice it.
As well as the patch Infinity Ward also rolled out some 48 hour bans for the offending players. As well as that they also Tweeted the below confirming that all ill gotten currency would be stripped away.
Players who received the 48 hour ban had their keys and salvage reset to zero. Please refer to the in-game message if you were affected.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) 11 January 2017
Seems they reacted well and covered all the bases then right? Well that would appear to be the case apart from when you take into consideration the fact that any items bought with the questionably acquired currency still remain in the inventory of accused.
So yes, Infinity Ward did patch the glitch, yes they did issue 48 hour bans for players who exploited the glitch but did they actually teach them a lesson or show them that exploiting gameplay flaws will get you nothing? No not really, because as soon as those two day bans expired all those players rolled back in, ready to play and with nice shiny new rare equipment to boot.
What do you make of the glitch, those who exploited it and the repercussions from Infinity Ward? Were players just exploiting a flawed game mechanic to it’s fullest and punished excessively?
Should the punishments dished out to those who did capitalize on the issue have been harsher? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: ARS Technica